Electronics
The Right Connections Help Medical Equipment Designers Satisfy Demanding Applications
Posted in Manufacturing & Prototyping, Electronics, Automation & Controls, Mechanical Components, Board-Level Electronics, Power Supplies, Medical, Features, MDB on Monday, 01 October 2012
The need to minimize healthcare costs is creating greater demand for medical electronics equipment that, among other things, improves and expands patient diagnostics inside and outside healthcare facilities. For example, portable medical instruments such as glucose meters, blood pressure monitors, and oxygen meters can be designed with communication capabilities to provide continuous information to caregivers almost anywhere. Small handheld devices can also improve various diagnostic procedures in medical offices. While such devices hold the promise of improved care at lower cost, they require advanced technologies that allow greater miniaturization to improve portability and functionality while providing safe usage.
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New Process for Flexible Electronics
Posted in Electronics, Sensors, Medical, News, MDB on Monday, 17 September 2012
An associate professor of electrical and computer engineering at Wayne State University, Detroit, MI, has developed a silicon-on-insulator (SOI)–complementary-metal-oxide-semiconductor (CMOS) process for fabricating flexible electronics. As reported in Applied Physics Letters, the technology may some day be used in a range of wearable health monitoring devices and medical implants, such as retinal prostheses, balloon catheters, and stents.
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Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Test System
Posted in Batteries, Power Supplies, Electronics, Power Management, Energy Efficiency, Test & Measurement, Transportation, Products on Tuesday, 11 September 2012
SAKOR Technologies, Inc. (Okemos, MI) designed and installed a complete turnkey Hybrid and Electric Vehicle Test System for UQM Technologies, Inc. (Longmont, CO), a manufacturer of high-efficiency electric propulsion systems. UQM will use the system to test inverters and traction motors for use in hybrid and electric vehicles for the automotive, commercial truck, bus, and military markets.
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Harnessing the Power of Spinach
Posted in Electronics, Solar Power, Renewable Energy, Energy Harvesting, News on Friday, 07 September 2012
Vanderbilt University researches have developed a way to combine Photosystem 1 (PS1), the photosynthetic protein that converts light into electrochemical energy in spinach with silicon (the material used in solar cells), in a fashion that produces substantially more electrical current than has been reported by previous biohybrid solar cells.
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Getting to the Heart of Tomorrow's Cardiovascular Technologies
Posted in Power Supplies, Electronics, Power Management, Medical, Features, MDB on Wednesday, 01 August 2012
Cardiovascular disease is the number one cause of death in the world. About 1.2 million Americans suffer from heart attacks every year. Approximately 2,000 Americans get heart transplants each year, but transplant hearts are in short supply, and many thousands of other advanced heart failure patients are left on the waiting list.
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Seven Advantages of Membrane Switches for Medical Electronics
Posted in Electronics, Displays/Monitors/HMIs, Drug Delivery & Fluid Handling, Patient Monitoring, Features, MDB on Sunday, 01 July 2012
With the large number of user interface options available today, it is easy to forget why the membrane switch is an excellent choice for medical instrumentation. The basic advantages are still the same as they were two decades ago, when membrane switches became the interface of choice for a multitude of products, including toys and games, high-end appliances, industrial controllers, and automotive controls. These advantages have been enhanced by developments in materials, processes, and design expertise.
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Test & Measurement System
Posted in Electronics, Test & Measurement, Products, MDB on Sunday, 01 July 2012
Keithley Instruments (Cleveland, OH) has introduced the Model 2657A High Power System SourceMeter® instrument, which offers a highly flexible, four-quadrant voltage and current source/load coupled with precision voltage and current meters. It can source or sink up to 180W of DC power (±3,000V@20mA, ±1500V@120mA). The 6-1/2-digit measurement engine built into this system enables 1fA (femtoamp) current measurement resolution to support low-leakage requirements.
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